The gluten free menu additions are well thought through AND tasty
Pizza Express feels like a British high street staple, however, until recently, if you are coeliac or gluten intolerant, Pizza Express would not have been high on your list of places to eat (for obvious reasons.)
Thankfully, Pizza Express have shown their awareness of changing customer requirements by launching a comprehensive gluten free menu this autumn.
It’s reassuring to see that a great deal of research has obviously gone into this menu. For example, the gluten free base is not available for all the pizzas, such as the Sloppy Giuseppe, because some of the toppings contain gluten. Furthermore, coeliacs can also safely enjoy a brownie AND a beer from Pizza Express which sets them apart from their competitors.
This shows that Pizza Express is not treating the gluten free movement as a trend but as a genuine dietary requirement.
Calorie counters can also find the nutritional info on the website and will be pleased to see that the new menu also includes a superfood salad which has baby spinach, roasted butternut squash, beetroot, light baby mozzarella and other nutritious ingredients.
Their lower calorie Legerra pizzas are also still available for their customers who tend to keep a close eye on their calories.
What we tried:
Gran Padano on a gluten free pizza base
You can taste the difference between the gluten free base and their standard base, but that’s to be expected and the taste wasn’t bland. The base did go hard a little more quickly than the standard base, but again that was to be expected (and we are notoriously slow eaters)
Our tester wasn’t a huge fan of it and felt that it was ‘filling but bland’
Pollo Ad Astra Legerra
Again, this one didn’t get a great response from our tester as she felt that her ‘salad was just leaves, rather than an actual mixed vegetable salad, therefore very boring’.
What we liked
The food was visually appealing
There was no extra charge for the gluten free option
The gluten free menu was clearly thought through and well researched
Their website is clear and concise
Their allergy information can be downloaded from the site
Their nutritional information can also be downloaded from the site
What we would do differently
The superfood salad may benefit from a few more herbs to add more flavour without raising the calories
Who can eat here?
|Calorie Counters||Try the Legerra pizzas|
|Carb Conscious||Superfood Salad with Chicken (ask for your balsamic syrup on the side)|
|Gluten Aware||Anything with the GF symbol next to it|
|Vegetarian||Anything with the ‘v’ symbol next to it|
|Vegan||Vegans are limited to roasted tomatoes, olives marinate, macron almonds, dough balls (if butter is substituted for oil), a side salad, sorbet, Nocellara Del Belice olives.|
Value for money
Gran Padano on GF base
Polla Ad Astra Leggera
No loyalty card per se but there are regular offers and promotions available if you sign up to receive their newsletters. We used a 25% off voucher and the gluten free pizza base was included in the discount.
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